Waha Nui

Carol Chang
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July 05, 2006 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kumu hulas Mapuana De Silva and Chinky Mahoe will celebrate their Kailua dancers’ performances at the Merrie Monarch Festival Thursday during the blessing of the Kainalu Plaza Fountain (next to Pier I Imports) in the Kailua Town Center ... Chelsea Wirth of Kailua made the dean’s list at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio ... Letani Peltier, a Castle High School graduate, claimed her bachelor’s degree last month from the University of Puget Sound ... Deanna Kaneshiro of Kaneohe was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. ... LeeAnn Fa’asululematagi Soliai (Kahuku ‘04 magna cum laude) is competing in the Lelalelei o Samoa Scholarship Pageant - the first such pageant in Hawaii for young Samoan women - which will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 28 in the Farrington High School auditorium ...

If you enjoyed the Kailua fireworks show, be sure to thank Foodland and Times supermarkets, Ameron Hawaii, Carvill & Co., Macy’s, Kaneohe Ranch, Castle Medical Center, Clear Channel Communications, Hardware Hawaii, Mike McKenna Motors and the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. Fiery thrills ain’t cheap ... Air Force Capt. Damon Renner of Kaneohe is currently in a “forward operating location” in Iraq as a force protection officer ... Kailua Church of the Nazarene welcomes its new minister, Bob Miller,who preaches his first sermon on Sunday at the Oneawa Street church. Arriving here from California assignments, Bob and his wife Judy are familiar with the islands. He was once youth pastor at the Kaneohe sister church and has served other Hawaii congregations. Two of their sons, Danny and Bryan, teach at Windward Nazarene Academy in Kaneohe ... Ramson Lee Rivera (Castle ‘05) has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Funeral services are today (July 5) for Ferd Borsch of Ahuimanu, Honolulu’s veteran baseball sportswriter, whom I also called a neighbor, friend and fellow Portland Beavers fan. I’ll always think of Ferd when the season’s in full bloom and the mustard is spilling out of those ballpark hot dogs ... Frank Alejandro has moved his Windward Chess Club out of Windward Mall once again (it’s renovating), and they’ve taken up the heady game, for the time being, at Kailua District Park. Looking for a good checkmate? Call 294-4335 ... ‘Tis the season for renewed vows - on all Oahu neighborhood boards. Heading the list are officers, who volunteer beyond the call. Kaneohe NB’s leaders are chairman Roy Yanagihara, vice chair Paul Friel, secretary Patti Yamashiro-Hironaka and treasurer Elizabeth Gaisthia ...

Trisha Silva of Kailua has graduated from the University of San Diego and is interning this summer in her favorite field, dressage, at a Moor Park ranch - under the tutelage of another Kailua resident Kim Calisa ... Taking a closer look at the Chad Rowan biography by Mark Panek, Gaijin Yokozuna, you get a picture of how the Hawaii sumotori stuck together and relaxed away from limelight, which Chad shared to some extent with Percy Kipapa, George Kalima, Wayne Vierra, Eric Gaspar, Tyler Hopkins and others. How life has changed for these men since Hawaii’s sumo years in Japan ... The Windward Arts Council honored writers Maxine Sandison and Jennifer Coyne recently for their contributions to the 25th anniversary edition to Windward Community College’s Rain Bird literary journal. The publication’s adviser, Lillian Cunningham, is retiring from the college, but will continue to lead WCC writing retreats. English prof Robert Barclay succeeds her

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